The Glory of God Shines Upon Us
Praise the Lord that we are approaching the year end in a safe and
blessed condition. God has been our faithful Immanuel who
strengthens and guides us through thick and thin throughout the year.
We are aware that while we live under the sun, all of usfeel and somewhat
'suffer' from the scorching heat. Everybody, including Christians,
experiences sufferings (1Pe 5:9). However, the apostle Peter exhorts us
to make sure that none of us suffers due to our own faults or foolishness
(1Pe 4:15, 1Pe 3:17). If we do what is right and suffer for it as we patiently
endure it, then this findsfavor with God (1Pe 2:20). Sufferings are then like
the fiery trials that test and purify our faith so that it comes forth as gold.
While we suffer, we need to fix our eyes on Jesus who is lifted up high on
the cross. We learn from Him, who for the joy set before Him, endured
the cross. We consider Him who has endured such hostility from sinners
against Himself, so that we will not grow weary and lose heart (Heb 12:1-
3). Furthermore, we gain strength and consolation in the midst of our
difficulties when we join our sufferings to His. When we are connected to
His many-membered body, then His grace, power and life will flow into our
lives. Jesus says that His grace is sufficient for us for His power is perfected
in our weakness (2Co 12:9). This is how we are being transformed into the
same image from glory to glory, just asfrom the Lord, the Spirit (2Co 3:18).